New Website Highlights Promising Global Approaches for Youth ReconnectionRead All Posts
What can youth-development practitioners, policymakers, and funders in the United States—where 4.9 million youth, ages 16 to 24, are not in school or working—learn from global approaches to addressing youth disconnection? Initial insights to this question can be found on the new website for (Re)Connecting Youth: Exchanging Global Lessons, a two-year IYF initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The new site, www.iyfreconnectingyouth.org, includes background on the initiative’s goals, research, and process for identifying promising global approaches. It offers practical insights that highlight cross-border learning in positive youth development:
- Core themes identified as priorities for improving services for opportunity youth in the U.S., including social-emotional learning, youth as assets, creative outreach and recruitment, and employer engagement.
- Profiles of successful programs and approaches that are integrating reproductive health into youth employability programming in Tijuana, Mexico; amplifying youth voices to improve foster care in the United Kingdom; and building a youth movement in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
- Reflections from initial learning exchanges between youth-serving organizations in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and between government agency representatives in Baltimore, Maryland, and a civil society organization in Tijuana, Mexico.
- Resources, including videos, publications, infographics, and webinars, that provide an in-depth look at some of the promising approaches identified.
- Background on members of the Global Advisory Committee charged with guiding (Re)Connecting Youth and catalyzing action to bring international lessons to bear on U.S. youth reconnection efforts